Overlooked UnifiEd Plans

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The part of UnifiEd's plan that concerns me the most isn't being talked about at all. Forget the prohibitively expensive busing for a minute. Forget "controlled" school choice (I assume that means only minorities and those below the poverty line will be allowed to choose their schools). The real concern is using zoning to "reduce socioeconomic segregation." 

Translated, that means UnifiEd wants to use your property tax dollars to put an affordable housing project or Section 8 tenants in every neighborhood. Aside from the direct costs of such a program, reductions in property values would wreck the county budget and bankrupt homeowners. Those who can afford to move will, and those who can't will see their neighborhood become the next Alton Park or East Lake. Out-of-towners safe in their gated communities insist this is good for us because "Socioeconomic Diversity."

When they put their money where their mouths are, open their gated neighborhoods to low-income development, and sacrifice a few tens of thousands in home equity for the sake of Diversity, I'll believe it.

Charles McCullough



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